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Institut d'Astrophysique et
de Géophysique (Bât. B5c)

Quartier Agora
Allée du 6 août, 19C
B-4000 Liège 1 (Sart-Tilman)

Tel.: 04.366.9779
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Master in Cosmos Exploration


The typical outlets of the Master in Cosmos Exploration are diversified and are intimately dependent on the complementarity between the content of this master and the content of the past academic track.

First of all, scientific culture in the fields of astrophysics and planetology is of high interest for many people. These disciplines are frequently at the core of science news and announcements, and play a significant role in attracting young students in science programmes. This complementary master is notably aimed at providing such a scientific culture to scientist whose intention it to open their mind to these fields, in complementarity with a previous academic track in another field. This can for instance be of high interest for scientists willing to work in science communication and popularization, or for high school teachers who want to diversify they field of expertise to generate and nurture vocations for young people who may enrol in science programmes in their future studies.

Second, one should emphasize the high interest of pluri-disciplinary topics in modern sciences. Many topical issues and research fields require to adopt points of view enriched by the input from more than one discipline. Ambitious scientific questions actually can't be efficiently tackled in the framework of a unique discipline, and often require to adopt inter-disciplinary points of view to be addressed properly.
For instance, a student with a degree in biology at the master level may be interested in an extended scientific culture open to space sciences to explore science topic relevant to the field of astrobiology. A chemist, with full academic track in pure and applied chemistry, may be willing to benefit of a complementary programme in astrophysics and planetology, with the project to apply chemistry to astrochemical studies, i.e. the investigation of chemical processes in astrophysical environements. A geologist may find a sincere interest in investigating other planetary environments, and not to focus only on the study of the Earth. In this context, planetology and elements of astronomy provided in the Master in Cosmos Exploration constitute the ideal complement. Typically, geologists can for instance be involved in studies about Mars or some moons in our Solar system. These examples demonstrate the high relevance of adopting inter-disciplinary approaches to address modern scientific questions, and the Master in Cosmos Exploration aims at fostering such initiatives.

University of Liège > Faculty of Sciences > Department of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography : CoWebAGO, May 2015.